This is a blog about my training for distance events, my unfiltered opinions and my faith in Christ. The title is inspired by the popular automotive blog, My Life at Speed. I used to be a motor-head/garage owner and I’m now a runner.
I started running on 10/10/10 and haven’t stopped since. My first race (and first run over a mile) was a 5k. I chose to start simply out of boredom and basic interest in trying something new. The race was fun, but I knew I could get much faster with some training so I started reading about running and stumbled across books on ultra marathons and trail running and knew I was hooked! Though I was enamored with Born to Run and the long distance feats written of, I decided to start with a standard full marathon before moving on to ultra’s (I foolishly thought that it would not be too difficult) After training for the better part of 2011 I ran my first marathon in October of 2011 in a time of 3:31. Once the horrible pain subsided and I realized that I wanted to run again, I knew that my next goal was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I signed up for a winter marathon right away, it took place only four months later, and I ended up at the starting line with a horrible cold and fever, managing to finish in a disappointing 3:36. I realized that a BQ time was a lot harder than I had given it credit for and decided to skip a spring marathon and train smarter and harder for another October race and a shot at qualifying for Boston. In October of 2012 I lowered my PR to 3:01 at the Hartford ING marathon and was officially qualified for Boston in 2014! I worked my way to a 2:48 in Spring of 2013 to try and better my corral placement in Boston. Due to injuries problems and some difficult races I was unable to PR again in the fall, despite some of my best training yet and multiple half marathon PRs over the summer. I went from mid 60 mile weeks at the peak of my build up for Sugarloaf, to multiple 90+ in the training for Boston 2014 and the hard work paid off. I got a new 2:39:08 PR and successfully finished my first Boston, multiple goals checked off and even hungrier to chase down new ones. I’m focused on shorter distances for the rest of 2014 and will be running the USATF New England XC Series. Proudly representing the Sisu Project as of Oct 2014!
I currently live in the greater Boston area but I still identify with my home state of New Hampshire. If you know of any good opportunities in Central Oregon, pass them on though, it’s about time for a move!